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  • Add Powerful New Blocks with WooCommerce 3.8 - WooCommerce 3.8 delivers new WooCommerce Product Blocks and a few enhancements for all store owners, plus new hooks and tweaks for developers. We’ll break it down for you below.   What’s new in 3.8 WooCommerce 3.8 is likely our last minor release of 2019 and should be fully backward compatible with all WooCommerce releases since […]
    Topics: woocommerce, page, php, reviews, products, product, release, add, version, blocks, wordpress, powerful.
  • Amazon aims to inject new life into Alexa with release of developer tools and features - Amazon is giving its Alexa voice platform a shot in the arm after seeing further declines in skill growth over the past year, indicating lagging interest from third-party voice app developers. At the company’s Alexa Live developer event today, the company announced a slew of new features and tools for the developer community — its […]
    Topics: purchases, release, customers, features, amazon, alexa, techcrunch, skill, skills, devices, aims, inject, developers, tools, developer, life.
  • - Messaging platform Line has partnered with consumer electronics firm Bang & Olufsen to release a Brown-Bear themed speaker.
    Topics: line, olufsen, release, brown, partnered, produce, platform, wellloved, bang, yorks, asia, bear, speaker, bearthemed, character.
  • Help Customers Discover Your Products with these New WooCommerce Blocks - WooCommerce and WordPress have been making steady strides toward combining content and commerce in a way that allows stores to better serve customers. In the upcoming release of WooCommerce 3.7, we continue that trend by including three new Product Blocks and enhancements to existing blocks that make it easier for people to find and buy […]
    Topics: blocks, discover, products, categories, youre, category, help, woocommerce, product, customers, allows, block, release, featured.
  • How Apple's iOS 14.5 Release Could Impact Advertisers - Imagine this: You run a successful online store and have a sleek app that makes shopping a breeze.
    Topics: users, app, mobile, user, ios, release, advertisers, apple, impact, privacy, apples, data, tracking.
  • How Working with Partners Actively Engaged In Magento's Community Engineering Program Can Benefit Merchants - Magento's Community Engineering program has allowed the team at Atwix to be more involved and play a role in the development of new features on the Magento roadmap, contribute to performance improvements, and extend Magento capabilities. Read more.
    Topics: work, community, magentos, benefit, partner, release, working, actively, engaged, engineering, magento, merchants, partners, experience, contributing, program.
  • How to Write a Press Release [Free Press Release Template + Examples] - When it comes to content, sometimes old school can be a good thing (namely, when it comes to old-school rap or Throwback Thursday on Instagram). But when it comes to your company's public relations strategy, being old school isn't advantageous for your business or your brand. Ten years ago, people still relied on morning papers for news.
    Topics: releases, release, free, examples, reporters, announcement, information, write, details, press, content, include, template, company.
  • Leveraging Magento Commerce New Features In Times Of Limited Resources And Social Distancing - We continue to bring to market features that, now more than ever, will prove invaluable by allowing merchants to react swiftly to rapid changing conditions around the world. Read more.
    Topics: magento, features, merchants, social, page, leveraging, content, limited, latest, stores, sales, commerce, distancing, resources, templates, release, times.
  • Magento 2.3.4: Building More Engaging Customer Experiences - To kick off the new decade, Magento Commerce and Magento Open Source 2.3.4 arrive today to help merchants build more engaging customer experiences that exceed expectations, keep customers returning, and drive sustained growth. Read more.
    Topics: building, merchants, magento, customer, pwa, builder, studio, stock, adobe, experiences, engaging, release, customers, page.
  • Make Your Store Faster and More Flexible with WooCommerce 3.7 - We are pleased to announce that WooCommerce 3.7 has been released! Similar to our previous release back in April, WooCommerce 3.7 focuses on performance improvements while adding new WooCommerce Product Blocks and enhancing existing ones. This update also increases the PHP and WordPress minimum version requirements to optimize your store’s performance and security – more on […]
    Topics: faster, version, blocks, minimum, update, wordpress, woocommerce, store, product, stores, flexible, release.
  • - Expanding into menswear, luxury trunk show and e-commerce company Moda Operandi is preparing to enter Asia.
    Topics: mens, million, moda, asia, region, cent, company, represent, shapes, operandi, release.
  • New Release: B2B Account Management - The recent release of Account Management for Elastic Path Commerce Cloud empowers B2B brands with the core functionality needed to support the account structures that their businesses require to perform at scale and the B2B shopping experiences that their buyers expect. Account Management This release provides the following capabilities Ability to create, view, and edit accounts (Seller Admin) Ability to add, view, and edit users to the accounts (Seller Admin) Ability to create orders and view order history for their account (B2B Buyers) These capabilities enable B2B brands to support B2B shopping experiences where buyers are transacting on behalf of their organization. Consider a B2B faucet manufacturer (Seller) and big-box retailer (Buyer). The seller can create an account for a big-box retailer and add multiple account members e.g., John and Jane to that account. After John and Jane create orders for their account, they can view account order history which will include orders from both John and Jane. Beta API The APIs in this release are labelled Beta. These APIs provide early access into the Account Management functionality and enable Elastic Path customers to provide feedback earlier in the development process, before the APIs are finalized. Customer feedback is important to us, as it helps us better understand functional requirements and address problems early. What's Next?  We plan to add features incrementally and release frequently. Soon you can expect dashboard support for managing accounts. Today account members can login using OpenID Connect, soon they will be able to login using username and password. These are just a couple of examples of what’s next. As new features are released, they will be added to Elastic Path Commerce Cloud changelog. Get Started  With Account Management capabilities brands and B2B buyers can more effectively manage their B2B transactions. Use the postman collection to try these new Account Management APIs. Additional details on this new feature can be found in the documentation.  
    Topics: account, seller, create, path, release, b2b, management, apis, support, view.
  • New Release: B2B Account Management Enhancements - Following the recent blog for the release of Account Management for Elastic Path Commerce Cloud, we've now added support so you can start managing your accounts within Commerce Manager, the ability to allow account members to login via a username and password, and support for Addresses for an account. Commerce Manager Support We first released Account Management via our beta APIs, this most recent release brings the following capabilities into Commerce Manager, our business-user tooling, for Seller Admins: Ability to create, view, and edit accounts Ability to view members of the account added via the api Ability to view orders of the account Ability to create, view, and edit addresses for the account The above capabilities now enable you to set up accounts from Commerce Manager which can be leveraged in your storefront and other touchpoints. Consider a B2B hardware manufacturer (Seller) and a big-box retailer (Buyer). The hardware manufacturer can now manage accounts in Commerce Manager creating an account for the big-box retailer, additionally an address can be added for use in the checkout process. The seller can now add account members John and Jane to the account created, via the api. After John and Jane create orders for their account, the seller can view the order details for both John and Jane from within Commerce Manager. Username and Password APIs We've also added the support for account members to log in via username and password in addition to the previous login using OpenID Connect. The new capabilities include: Ability to create, view, and edit password profiles for an authentication realm Ability to create, view, and edit user authentication info to an authentication realm Ability to add, view, and edit password profiles for a user Ability to add, view, and edit OpenID Connect profiles for a user With these new capabilities, you can now enable account members to authenticate via username and password. This allows you to get started with Account Management without setting up an OpenID Connect Provider for authentication, making it easier to start using Account Management and saving some time in your busy day. For a more detailed guide on how to do this check out our How-To guide for Adding Accounts and Account Members. What's Next? We will be continuing to add features incrementally and release them frequently. You can soon expect to be able to add account members from within Commerce Manager. We'll also be adding Events and Webhooks support for Account Management APIs. As new features are released, they will be added to the Elastic Path Commerce Cloud changelog, so, make sure to keep an eye out for that! Getting Started With these new Account Management capabilities B2B brands and buyers can more effectively manage their transactions. Use the postman collection to try out these new APIs. Additional details on these features are available in the documentation for both Commerce Manager and APIs. Beta API Reminder The APIs in this release are labelled Beta. These APIs provide early access into the Account Management functionality and enable Elastic Path customers to provide feedback earlier in the development process, before the APIs are finalized. Customer feedback is important to us, as it helps us better understand functional requirements and address problems early.
    Topics: commerce, b2b, management, account, members, edit, create, view, capabilities, enhancements, manager, password, release.
  • New Release: GraphQL Server for Elastic Path Commerce Cloud - The recently released GraphQL Server for Elastic Path Commerce Cloud provides a GraphQL implementation of Elastic Path Commerce Cloud APIs to support shopping experiences. This release enables developers more familiar with GraphQL, as compared to REST, to more easily build shopping experiences. REST vs GraphQL We often get asked about REST vs GraphQL. In our experience you can do almost anything with both REST and GraphQL. There are some technical differences, but nothing that's a roadblock in achieving a business goal. The choice between REST and GraphQL comes down to preference. An analogy would be that humans communicate in many languages - English, French, Mandarin, German etc. Some languages might be "better" for some things. However, there are very specific nuances and can oftentimes be difficult for a non-native speaker. People would prefer to speak in their native language, solely due to preference and comfort level. The same goes for choosing between GraphQL and RESTful APIs. At Elastic Path, we prefer REST because it follows HTTP protocol standards. This enables us to keep our APIs clean and simple, and REST APIs can take advantage of all the efforts to improve web performance at every level. As an example, it is relatively simple to use browser caching and CDNs to optimize HTTP requests. At the same time, we also recognize that GraphQL makes some things easier for developers consuming APIs. You may prefer GraphQL because you are familiar with it, or that it makes it easier to wrap different APIs together, or any other reason by which GraphQL makes the front-end development easier for you. We certainly want to give you the choice of using the technology that works for you. GraphQL Server for Elastic Path Commerce Cloud The GraphQL server provides the following capabilities:  Ability to build shopping experiences using Elastic Path Commerce Cloud and GraphQL Convenience of wrapping APIs from different systems and vendors with a single GraphQL endpoint The GraphQL server is easy to consume. The readme provides steps on how to set it up on your machine and deploy to the cloud. As the source is available to you, you can add additional data sources to wrap multiple APIs from different systems and vendors. You can also use something like Apollo Federation to aid with this. GraphQL in Action The GraphQL server comes with GraphQL Playground which is an interactive, in-browser GraphQL IDE.  Here’s a simple query to fetch nodes and products in a storefront. Get Started  To start building shopping experiences with Elastic Path Commerce Cloud and GraphQL, clone the Github repo and follow the instructions in the readme.
    Topics: rest, server, simple, commerce, elastic, cloud, shopping, release, graphql, apis, path.
  • New Release: Role-Based Access Control - Branded manufacturers who are embracing digital commerce often have robust internal teams that support their eCommerce go-to-market.These teams all have different responsibilities from managing the catalog to supporting customers with their purchase. With the recent release of Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) for Elastic Path Commerce Cloud, these organizations can quickly and easily assign roles so that each team can fulfill their responsibilities without disrupting other team’s workflows. This new functionality supports brands across business models, including B2B, B2C, and anywhere in between. Role-Based Access Control Details Seller (Elastic Path customer organizations) users can now be assigned the roles listed below which grant them distinct functional and feature access to an Elastic Path Commerce Cloud store. The following roles and permissions are supported in this release: Basic: no permissions Seller Admin: Full permissions to modify ever aspect of the store Marketing & Sales: Modify catalog and Data Model Extention (FKA flows), but not store settings or customers Support: Modify customer orders only IT Developer: Modify store settings only  Note: Only Seller Admins and IT Developer roles have access to manage role assignments.  Each of these unique roles ensures that individuals can work most efficiently without interrupting the workflow of other teams. For instance, with RBAC a user with a customer support persona will have access to manage Orders and Customers. However, they will not have access to manage products and catalogs, or change any store settings. This is beneficial because the customer support team member will not disrupt products or catalogs, areas that the marketing and sales team has spent time curating. See Role-Based Access Control In Action Watch this quick demo of Role-Based Access Control: With role assignments in place, organizations can more effectively run their commerce business on a day-to-day basis. To get started visit the settings page of your Elastic Path Commerce Cloud store. Additional details on this new feature can be found in our documentation.
    Topics: control, rolebased, roles, customer, access, support, release, commerce, store, teams, modify, settings, permissions.
  • Postmates raises another $300M, reportedly valued at $1.2B - On-demand delivery service Postmates announced this morning that it has raised $300 million in additional funding led by Tiger Global Management. While the company’s press release doesn’t mention this, Fortune reports that the deal valued Postmates at $1.2 billion. Tiger’s Scott Schleifer is joining the board of directors. Postmates does say that it’s completing “millions” […]
    Topics: raises, valued, ondemand, delivery, billion, raised, postmates, reportedly, million, past, announced, cities, release, 300m, 12b.
  • Prepare Your Online Store For A Successful 2020 Holiday Season With Magento Commerce 2.4.1 - The 2020 holiday season is upon us, and with it millions of shoppers will be browsing the Web looking for the best deals. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape the way we live, the online shopping trends seen during the previous six to eight months are predicted to continue throughout the holiday season. Read more.
    Topics: quality, release, tool, support, holiday, customers, online, successful, merchants, season, magento, prepare, commerce, store.
  • Press Release Distribution: Top 10 Services + 4 Mistakes to Avoid - To thrive as a small business, you need press coverage. But, unfortunately, coverage doesn't just come naturally – you need to work for it.
    Topics: journalists, coverage, contact, release, mistakes, distribution, youre, services, email, avoid, press, pr, send.
  • Stamps.com acquires MetaPack - Ecommerce delivery platform MetaPack has been acquired by Stamps, a shipping software solution from the US. Stamps.com, which also offers provides postage online, bought the UK business for approximately 197 million euros. The sale happens in a year in which MetaPack has shown continued high growth in both the United Continue reading
    Topics: online, market, stampscom, acquires, software, platform, release, metapack, postage, press, shipping.
  • What’s new in WooCommerce 3.4: GDPR features and GeoLite2 integration - Since our last minor release in January, we’ve been working on a variety of improvements to WooCommerce: GDPR compliance tools and settings GeoLite2 integration To ensure this update is stable, we’ve been doing plenty of testing and QA on our side including a public beta period, unit and integration testing, compatibility testing with our extensions […]
    Topics: read, email, geolite2, gdpr, features, release, geolocation, whats, woocommerce, update, support, settings, integration, php, version.
  • What’s new in WooCommerce 3.5: REST API v3 and improved email copy - Since our last minor release in May, we’ve been working on a variety of improvements to WooCommerce: REST API v3 Improved copy for transactional emails To ensure this update is stable, we’ve been doing plenty of testing and QA on our side including a public beta period, unit and integration testing, compatibility testing with our […]
    Topics: release, transactional, endpoints, copy, api, working, plugin, woocommerce, email, update, improved, products, v3, whats, rest.